Welcome to The Cromarty Arts Trust

We are based in the beautiful Highland town of Cromarty, on the Black Isle.

Our goals are to promote and embrace the arts, education, environment, history of the Highlands, and the conservation of buildings of historical or architectural importance.

See Cromarty and our buildings in this short video from the 2015 Harp Village:-

Cromarty - Harp Village promo-HD from Cromarty Arts Trust on Vimeo.

Harpist Corrina Hewat introduces the Cromarty Harp Village


Wood Sculpture

Wood Sculpture, 2016 – May 7th, 10am to 4.30pm.  A one-day workshop at the Stables making small sculptures from wood & natural materials found in Cromarty.  Environmental artist, Leon Patchett will demonstrate and guide participants through some basic techniques to assemble their own piece of art.  All are welcome.  “If you can use a small cordless drill you can take part.”  £50.  Bring a packed lunch.

Leon Patchett is an environmental artist working at the Stables in Cromarty. He is a graduate of Central / St Martins College of Art & Design where he completed a B.A.Hons Degree in Ceramics in 1990.  He has been a practicing artist for the past decade and now works out in Cromarty, a small peninsular town north of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.  This beautiful and dramatic region of Scotland has inspired a new direction in his work.  A simple walk on the beach presented a readily available free material to begin a new approach in the studio.

Phone 01381 600354 or email info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk to reserve a place at this workshop.




We are sad to announce the sudden death of Caroline Hewat.    Caroline had seemed to be recovering from a major operation, and had returned to her home at the Cullicudden schoolhouse, when she lost consciousness and died on the morning of 17th December.

She was, of course, the Arts Development Manager for the Cromarty Arts Trust, based in our office in Bank Street, Cromarty and was responsible for some of the most popular events in the Cromarty year — the Crime and Thrillers Weekend, the Harp Village, the Stone Lettering Workshops, plus a whole host of classes, exhibitions and concerts.

But Caroline made an impact way beyond Cromarty — as the organiser for many years of the workshop programme at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival, as an administrator for the Traditional Music and Song Association, and as Manager of the greatly-missed Balnain House in Inverness. Musicians and artists from all over the world knew Caroline, and loved her for her enthusiasm and her genuine friendliness. 

In her busy life, she found time to run community choirs in Muir of Ord and Rosemarkie, and to work in her own studio. Her final exhibition (pictured) was in St Margaret Hope this summer. Her paintings — bold, colourful and exciting — remain as a testament to her unique personality.


Looking for Accommodation?

Cromarty Arts Trust has three buildings in Cromarty: The Stables; The Old Brewery; and Ardyne House.  The buildings provide a variety of self-catering and B&B accommodation; also artist studios and a furnished flat for longer term lets.

Please get in touch for availability and prices - it's the perfect place for finding inspiration or a break away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  


The Stables Studios                          The Ardyne Studio



Artists Residencies

In the past we have hosted a series of residencies for artists and musicians and currently we provide studio space and a gallery space which can accommodate visual arts exhibitions, theatrical and musical events. One of the main priorities of the Cromarty Arts Trust is to promote educational links between Cromarty and the art world.

We welcome enquiries for conferences and special events particularly of a cultural nature.

Cromarty Arts Trust has commissioned pieces of public art and is always seeking to find ways of developing projects that will increase opportunities for Cromarty and local artists.



Contact us if you would like to enquire about hiring the Stables as a wedding venue.  We can help with staff to manage the day and we can provide the names of recommended caterers who we know will do a good job for you.  See this page for more information.


Events - Cromarty has everything you need

Photos from 2015 kayak symposium held at the Old Brewery, Cromarty

Please contact us if you are looking to hire space or accommodation or require any further information about any aspect of the Trust’s work.

Cromarty Arts Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity number SC003018

To download a copy of the most recent Cromarty Arts Trust Annual Report, please click on this link or, for further information, phone us on 01381 600354.


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